Thank you all for participation in FOSS-ed on Windows
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While there is a trend in the industry moving towards GNU/Linux and Free and Open Source Software - FOSS - Microsoft Windows is still a dominating force. Many applications have been developed around it and many continue to do so. Most of this software is also proprietary and includes heavy license fees. Proprietary software may cost anything from a few hundred dollars to millions of dollars for licensing fees alone. As a developing country, most individuals and even companies cannot afford such prices and resort to using illegal copies of software. Pirated software may cost only a fraction of the actual price but the implications can be far greater.
An exceptionally well organised and successful event. The turnout included students from several universities and schools. Thanks go to the entire organising committee. We even got plaques! Many thanks to our main sponsor, Google, for making all of this possible.
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FOSSSchool is aimed at educating school children and university students on the benefits of Free and Open Source Software. It is a half day program for each group held on the 14th of August at the University of Moratuwa. There will be talks on all aspects of free and open source software ranging from content management, graphics tools and how open source development is the way to go! The event is free for students and the expected attendance for both the sessions is 300.
ApacheCon Asia 2006
For the first time ApacheCon the premier conference of the Apache Software Foundation will be held in Asia and Sri Lanka has been given the honor of hosting this prestigious event. Held from the 14th to the 17th of August it creates a unique platform for the open source community to come together to gain deep insight into techniques and methodologies critical to the advancement of open source software, and gain skills to optimize the power and versatility of Apache software.
Software Freedom Day celebrations this year were held at Crescat in the morning and afternoon and at Excel World in the evening. The high end PCs were demoed at Crescat in the morning, including a server machine and some laptops donated by our friends at Fencom, and Bud's Mac Mini running Linux as well. Hundreds of flyers along with free Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu CDs were distributed to the various people passing by.
Later on in the evening the event was moved over to Excel world and the fun continued there. Games were demoed and more flyers and CDs were handed out.
ApacheCon Asia was the first of its kind in Asia and was a tremendous success. A very big thank you to all of you who attended! In addition we'd also like to say a very big thank you to our generous sponsors, hosts, all the speakers and the spectacular organising committee, without whom the event would not have been possible. The original site may be found here.
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ApacheCon Asia was the first of its kind in Asia and was a tremendous success. A very big thank you to all of you who attended! In addition we'd also like to say a very big thank you to our generous sponsors, hosts, all the speakers and the spectacular organising committee, without whom the event would not have been possible.
For photos please check here.
Many thanks to all who attended, especially our speakers.
For photos of the event please check here.
An Enterprise perspective on Free & Open Source Software as the better choice
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is now a part of everyone's life. For example, when you browse the Web, 70% all Web servers in the world use the open source Apache Web server, many of them running on the free Linux operating system and often using the free MySQL or PostgreSQL database. Free and open source software permeates every aspect of the software industry and is no longer a niche: it is here to stay and to change the software landscape.